This past Saturday I joined a group of ladies that got together to bring paniers (food gift baskets) to families in difficulty at one of Marrakech´s many duars (villages*). The idea behind offering these food baskets was to provide with the essentials of what a Marrakchi family needs to prepare and host their “ftour” (the breaking of fast during Ramadan).
Temperatures are rising everywhere including here in Marrakech so I thought it would be nice to share this refreshing Mango smoothie recipe that Karen created for our site. Also, since we´re just days before Ramadan, I think this sweet and caloric recipe will help my Moroccan friends to arrive to Holy Month in good shape.
Black zapote (or sapote) is a fruit native of Mexico and Central/South America. It is a seasonal fruit that starts to be seen in mercados (markets) on September just in time for Independence day, and that will see its end in December, by Posadas time. However depending the region of the country you can get zapotes earlier in July. Next to mameys and chicos, they are the ugliest-mexican-fruits-with-weird-names-group but with rich texture and fullfiling flavors.
Probably is this lack of attractiveness the reason why black zapotes aren’t used in many ways (which is a shame).
We had this Caipis back on the afternoon of December 31th 2013, when I got together with my hubs’ best friend Jean Christophe and his femme Claire (and one of my best friends too) , to document the process of the dinner they were preparing for us and the rest of our friends for NYE . While Jean was taking care of lobsters :( and Claire was in between entertaining their lovely daughter and decorating the living room for later, I found myself with a bottle of Cachaça, some limes and you know the saying, right?. If life gives you limes….
Month after month, they are all just passing by so fast that I feel like I haven´t accomplished much of my goals in any front. That includes this creative space but sometimes you gotta do what you can with what you have (or something like that). I started this fifth month commuting; as pretty much of this 2014 has been. We went from our temporary “home”; that stunning and magnificient La Mamounia Palace hotel to our humble but lovely and down to earth apartment which we love.